No, I’m not being paid for it, but I’m trying to clue you in on some great deals! A while back, a close friend sent me a list of shows she might like to see, all at discount prices. It turns out that these are accessible to anyone. I always thought the PhillyFunGuide was meant for visitors, but no! It’s for you and me, too, Philly residents! To sign up, go here, and just fill out your info. Every week, you’ll get an email, showcasing a number of events and the low, low prices you are privileged to. Among the choices of categories: classes and workshops, film, free, dance, gay & lesbian, kids, lectures & literature, multicultural, museums & galleries, music, outdoors, sites & attractions, special events, sports, theater, and visual arts. Check it out!
As I’m sure you’re aware, KB Toys is going out of business.
Kind of hits a soft spot with yours truly, who used to constantly go to the store at The Gallery when I was a kid.
Went in there yesterday. What’s left of the store is 50% off.
There is, however, a whole shelf of Indiana Jones and Star Wars toys.
Check it out and get a piece of history, while you can.
Girls Rock Philly, a week long summer day-camp for female rockers ages 9-17, will hold their showcase at Girard College this Saturday. See the mini rockers rock out! They’ve formed bands, written songs, practiced hard, and learned jump kicks, for goodness sake! 6-8pm. There is a $5 donation requested.
Last Friday night, tons of kids, teens, and adults gathered around town for the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Deathly Hallows. Just about every Borders and Barnes and Noble in Philadelphia had events, but my discussion group Potterdelphia decided that a smaller independent book shop would be the perfect place for our party!
And it was. It was totally awesome. The festivities at Big Blue Marble in Mt Airy began at 7pm and ran until just past midnight—of course no one wanted to hang around once books were handed out! The Marauders performed a set around 9pm, we did trivia for an hour starting at 10pm, kids and teens were running around in costume, and boxes of books taunted us at every turn.
Big Blue Marble is a wonderful book shop located near Weaver’s Way co-op in this neat little section of the city. The walk from the Carpenter R8 station takes no time at all and the store itself has three levels of awesomeness, with a cafe on the second floor and community space on the third.
Thank you thank you thank you to all the great staff members who were so amazing that night! I had more fun at this party than previous big-name-store-sponsored Harry Potter book releases, and the warm and cozy atmosphere made this truly feel like an intimate friends and family gathering and not some nameless event with people lined around the block barely looking at each other.
(Side note: I just love Mt Airy, and one of our group members, who’d just moved to Philadelphia last year, had never been in this neighborhood and had to call her friend and gush about it.)
If you have never been to the Philadelphia Folk Festival you are missing a very special yearly event. It is not just about a variety of good folk music but the friendly family atmosphere. This will be the 46th festival.
During the three day period over thirty-six musicians will perform for nearly seventy-five hours. But it is not just music. There is Texas Swing dancing, Cajun-Creole dancing, Square dancing, Polka dancing and more. You do not even have to know how, fun free lessons are available. You don’t have a partner? Bet you will meet one in this family party atmosphere.
Attend great workshops in, guitar, banjo, sea shantys, fiddle tunes, writers, story telling, celtic, more than I can list.
There are also Crafts that you can learn and buy. And again it is all free with admission
You can go for an evening, an afternoon, a full day, or camp for the weekend and immerse yourself in it all.
Personally, going for the entire weekend and camping out is an experience you will talk about for years and would be my first choice. It is great when you are single and great when you are married with children. At the very least get out there for a day or evening concert. You are going to love this festival.
Buy your tickets early and save money. Be sure to explore the website. It gives ton’s of important information.
Scholastic is sponsoring a library tour in celebration of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this summer. The Knight Bus Tour features a triple decker bus modeled after the one described in the books. Fans will be invited to board, and have their thoughts and feelings on the book recorded for the Scholastic Harry Potter web site.
The current tour schedule has two stops in Philadelphia on Wednesday June 13:
10 am-1 pm Free Library of Philadelphia, Main Branch (1901 Vine Street)
3:30-6:30 pm Free Library of Philadelphia, Lawncrest Branch Library (6098 Rising Sun Avenue)
I’m already trying to figure out how to extend my lunch hour for this one, I can’t wait to see the Knight Bus in person!
I found myself standing in front of a bulletin board today that was labeled “Tidbits for Parents.” It was in the back of an upscale Center City preschool, and since I didn’t have much else to do, I started aimlessly reading. One “tidbit” in particular caught my eye. It was for a newly established Toy Library at the Holy Trinity Church at 22nd and Spruce. They started this program back in January as a way for parents to offer age-appropriate toys to their kids at a low cost. The membership is $50 for the year and they are open on Wednesdays from 9 am until 12 noon and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 11 am until 1 pm.
This reminds me of what my mom used to do when I was little. We’d go to the thriftstore about once a week, and her first stop would be the toy section. She’d pick out something for me to play with as I sat in the cart while she shopped. By the end of the shopping trip, I’d have gotten tired of it and she’d just put it back. A slightly less hygenic and very low-rent version of a Toy Library.